2018 Best Player Award: FIFA releases nominees [Full list]

World Football governing body, FIFA, has released the nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018.

The list is made up of players that put up outstanding performances in their various club sides last season.

The 2017 edition of the award was won by former Real Madrid forward, Cristaino Ronaldo after he helped the club to the Champions League and La Liga titles.

Nominees for the 2018 edition are:

Cristiano Ronaldo
Kevin De Bruyne
Antoine Griezmann
Eden Hazard
Harry Kane
Kylian Mbappe
Lionel Messi
Luka Modric
Mohamed Salah
Raphael Varane

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Nigeria’s React To Senetor’s Malaye’s Kidnap

“Senator Dino Melaye was reportedly kidnapped this morning in Gwagalada on his way to answer his case in court in Lagos.

His colleague, senator Ben Murray Bruce broke the news via his Twitter account, adding that Moses Melaya, Senator Melaye’s brother had given him the information.

Nigerians have however taken to social media to react to the news. While some are of the opinion that the Kogi lawmaker might have been one to stage his own abduction, some others are just plain tired of the various dramas playing out in Nigeria.

See reactions below
I wholeheartedly condemn the abduction of @dino_melaye. I implore those that have kidnapped him to return him home safely to his family and loved ones. I urge the Federal Government to do its job and protect the Nigerian people before it is too late.

— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) July 26, 2018

Dino Melaye has been kidnapped on his way to Lokoja. >Ben Bruce

Some Moron will still believe this stupidity.

— Ibrahim Ijaola (@ijaola_ibrahim) July 26, 2018

Another day, another Dino Melaye headline

— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) July 26, 2018

Plot twist… What if Dino Melaye planned his own kidnap just to gain public sympathy?

— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) July 26, 2018

Who will rescue Dino Melaye?

This man has been shouting that his life is in danger.
The police ignored him,withdrew his security & APC herdsmen mocked him saying he faked his neckbrace. Did he also fake his own kidnap?!

— Miz Cazorla (@MizCazorla1) July 26, 2018

Similar case, Saraki was on his way to honor police invitation, before police blocked him. Dino on his way to court, but was abducted. This a Nollywood script similar to neck brace story. Please look for another script.

— olatunji k abiodun (@ABIE4REAL) July 26, 2018

Who has now kidnapped Dino Melaye? Can’t y’all corrupt politicians just get along?

— Imoh Umoren (@ImohUmoren) July 26, 2018

Dino Melaye said to be abducted on the way to court today.
Condolences to his family.

I have deep concerns as to why anyone would abduct a man already going to face the law.
And I also hope this is not a self-arranged kidnap to avoid court.

Oh Nigeria.
The drama never ends.

— YourFavOnlineDoctor (@DrOlufunmilayo) July 26, 2018

Why must it be only him they attack every time he’s to be present in court

— Law Jnr (@IamJoggy) July 26, 2018

NFF Awards 2018: Player Of The Year Nominees, Mainnews.blog

Goal assesses the nominees for the men’s Player of the Year award at the inaugural NFF awards

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Of all award categories of the maiden NFF Awards, the Men’s Player of the Year is probably the easiest to call.

Remarkably, for an individual award, there are two nominees who for most of the year have largely functioned in a defensive capacity. Even more so, the pure attacker is the least likely to come up trumps, although not for a lack of effort.

In this feature, Goal assesses each nominee, and their respective arguments for the award.

Victor Moses

As far as the career of Victor Moses goes, 2017 was veritably red-letter. The preliminary evidence would seem to suggest that the spurt of growth has continued into the New Year as well.

The first half of 2017 saw the wideman complete his transformation arc from winger to wing-back, and his contribution was vital as Chelsea ended the Premier League campaign as deserving champions.

Whilst a specialist position, there is an argument that a less fundamentally attacking player might have struggled to interpret the specific role which the full-backs played for Conte’s Chelsea in that 3-4-3 system.

Moses stats | 2016-17

His impressive performances were not restricted to the club scene, however. As it turned out, the consistency of performance with Chelsea rubbed off on his international form, as Moses produced for the Super Eagles at a level not glimpsed since 2013’s Afcon triumph.

Going forward, he has been the thrusting force of Gernot Rohr’s counterattacking team, and put on clinics in three of the first four World Cup qualifying matches to put Nigeria in pole position in the Group of Death. It was a position they would not vacate.

Wilfred Ndidi

Leicester were in a strange place in January of 2017. By then, it was already clear they would not be mounting anything close to a respectable title defence. Part of that had to do with the sheer improbability of the achievement of 2016, and part was to do with the loss of midfield dynamo N’Golo Kante.

So when they turned to Genk’s Ndidi, there was understandably a lot of pressure on the youngster to deliver immediately, and restore some semblance of order to a team teetering on the edge of chaos.

If the then 20-year-old felt any pressure, he did not show it. Ndidi has, in just over a year with the Foxes, turned into a household name, and not simply because his surname is eminently pun-able.

Ndidi stats | 2016-17

From crunching tackles to boundless energy to mollusc-like limbs intercepting and hoovering up loose balls to long-range piledrivers. It has been one hell of a ride for the young Nigerian midfielder. Kante will remain in Leicester hearts for a dreamy title run, but purely in terms of his numbers on the pitch, he has been handily replaced by Ndidi.

It was also the year in which Ndidi made himself a regular in midfield for the Super Eagles. Now, it is hard to remember a time when he wasn’t prowling that zone in front of the defence in tandem with Ogenyi Onazi. For the team’s style, there is a good argument that Ndidi is Nigeria’s most important player.

For a player who only turned 21, that is hugely impressive.

Anthony Okpotu

Nicknamed ‘The Panther’, the swarthy Lobi hitman was the talk of the Nigeria Professional Football League in 2017.

Aside the identity of the league winner, the next biggest intrigue is whether the extant Golden Boot record of 23, held by Mfon Udoh, for goals can be broken.

Okpotu did not quite manage it in the end, but his duel with MFM’s Stephen Odey was quite the subplot. At one point, the Lobi striker trailed by as many as five goals, but impressively chased down his rival to finish with 19 goals, the last of which was a typically predatory strike against FC Ifeanyi Ubah on the final day of the season.

Two things stand out about that eventual total. The first is that only two were penalties, which serves to make it all the more impressive. The second is that he missed thrice from the spot, and so could have easily matched Udoh’s record.

That does not, of course, take away from his achievement and his consistency, especially in a league that often sees strikers struggle for precisely that.

Honourable mentions: Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel.

Favourite: Victor Moses

It may be a close-run thing, but he will just about shade Ndidi for the top award.

At the end of the day, attacking contributions are easier to see and to gauge, and the Super Eagles simply go up a couple of notches when Moses plays. Ndidi is more crucial for the system, but Moses elevates it.

Construction of Niger Delta University (NDU) Internal Road Is In Progress, From New Site To Main Campus. By Pere Jay West CEO Mainnews.Blog

By Nigbeke Perekontei West

The staffs and students of Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Amassoma, Bayelsa State, are joyfully extending their greeting to His Excellency Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, the governor of Bayelsa state ( a.k.a The Talk Na Do ) over the ongoing newly constructing road, from New Site to Main Campus.

The road is constructing by the Chinese Civil Engineering Constructing Company ( CCECC ) under the governorship of His Excellency Hon. Seriake Dickson, the governor of Bayelsa state.

VOICE Of NDU informed Main News about the ongoin work and opined that the road is one of the best quality roads in the state.

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2019 PDP Tips-South East For Vice President, Shortlists For Names Mainnews.blog

A top member of the main opposition party, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has reliably informed that the party has penciled down names of credible men and women of Igbo extraction for the coveted office of Vice President in the 2019 General Elections
The source who spoke to Breakingtimes, said the ongoing meetings among party faithfuls and possible defectors are geared towards having a full house to oust President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling APC out of power come 2019.
“A Senator Ike Ekweremadu , Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela, Ben Obi, Peter Obi and others are on the card for the office of the Vice President”.
“There are many more on the table for everyone,”he assured and cautioned Saraki and others not to gamble their fate with the APC.
He said, “APC is a basket full of termites. Most of its leaders are despots and dictators with unforgiven spirits. They are desperate now because they are about to sink so they will make whatever promise and accept all conditions.
But, they are only waiting for Saraki and others to make mistake so they will bring them to shame. On the other hand, PDP is a party of gentlemen and women. We are bound by our promises and our words.
Therefore it would be deliberate suicide for anybody to trust APC especially in view of what transpired after the 2015 elections and emergence of National Assembly leaders.”

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Oshiomole Sacked Ngige, A Minister Mainnews.blog

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, says Ministers who fail to inaugurate members of board of parastatals under their supervision risk expulsion from the party.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some ministers including Ministers of State Aviation and that of Labour and Employment, Hadi Sirika and Chris Ngige respectively, had refused to inaugurate members of boards recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ngige, had in a letter addressed to the APC National Chairman, explained that his inability to inaugurate the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Funds (NSITF), was due to alleged uncovered fraud by the previous board to the tune of N40 billion.

Sirika, on the other hand, said he could not swear in board members because of the appointment of non-professionals which according to him, is against the Act governing the aviation industry.

“If the minister refuses we will suspend him from the party. You know we must return to internal discipline.

“For me, it is the height of mischief for any minister, you cannot purport to be honourable minister and you act dishonorably and nobody is greater than the party.

“And if the President condones disrespect for his office, I will not condone disrespect for the party.

“And we will expel the minister.

“We will prevail on the president that he can’t keep in his cabinet, people who have neither respect for his own decisions nor have respect for the party without which they would not have been ministers.

“There are no independent candidates in our system, nobody, I emphasis no minister is above the party.”

Oshiomhole said members of board of government agencies and institutions appointed by the president must be inaugurated, noting that some ministers had taken undue advantage of the president’s fatherly disposition.

He said: “Now, it is the same green pen that made them ministers that appointed these board members that they are refusing to swear in.

“And it is absolutely illegal for a minister in a democracy to prey the powers of the board because the laws establishing those institutions are clear, that the boards have procedures to follow.

“So, when a minister sits in his office to appropriate the powers of the board in a democracy, not in a dictatorship and award contract that didn’t go through boards, those are clearly abuse of office for which they are liable.

“I am convinced that what they are doing is not with the endorsement of Mr President.

“Over the period, they have tried to drop the president’s name but I tell them it is the same authority that appoints these people.

“So, we are informing them that it is either they comply with the president’s instructions or they comply with the party’s position or they go and administer outside the government,” he added.

The APC leader also dismissed the insinuation that he had been destabilised over threat of mass defection from the party.

“No, I am not losing sleep. I am sleeping very well. I still hold the view that you can’t vomit in the morning and convert it to lunch in the afternoon if you have honour. And that position still remains the same.

“I have made this point clear that we can distinguish the mercenaries from those who genuinely have complains.

“Our business as party leaders is to try and manage, listen and find solutions to those who have verifiable complaints.

“But those who are permanent mercenaries and are in this business for personal issues, there is not much we can do about that and we are not going to change the core values of the party in order to retain them,” he said. (Main News)

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Ekiti Election Rejected…Mainnews.blog

Coalition of observer groups and Civil Society Organisations that observed and monitored the Saturday July 14th Governorship elections in Ekiti State, have released a statement, rejecting the result released by INEC announcing APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi, as the winner of the election.

In a press statement released by its officials Comrade Haruna Farouk and Nze Adachi Okoro, the group said the election does not reflect what they saw on ground, adding that it will release their report on Wednesday July 18th which will contain details of the malpractices that characterised the election.

According to the group, it has gathered enough evidence to back up its claims that the election was marred by irregular practices.

Describing the election as political terrorism, the group said;

“We have evidences of election malpractices where a particular party in connivance with security personnel went about inducing electorates with cash and coercing them to snap the ballot papers in order to receive cash gifts from the agents of the party in question.

The level of intimidation that occurred during the elections on Saturday was disheartening and shouldn’t be allowed to stand in modern day Nigeria. We witnessed a situation where loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and its agents were harassed and intimidated so as to make it difficult for them to participate in the elections.

Other incidence that we recorded will be made open in our findings which will definitely shock Nigerians and expose the conspiracy of INEC, Security agents and the APC to deprive the people of Ekiti from expressing their constitutional rights.”

The Coalition said it was regrettable that the Independent national Electoral Commission as well as the security agencies could be used to short change the people of the state the way they did on the day of the election